Information for new Undergraduate students joining the University.
Information for continuing students is available on Moodle.
The programme that you were admitted to will be visible when you log in to your MyCampus record. If you wish to change your Plan (e.g. from Sports Science to Physiology) contact the office of the Chief Adviser.
You will have another opportunity to change your Plan at the end of Level-1 and again at the end of Level-2.
If you are not sure about all the different terminology that is used in relation registration and enrolment read the glossary.
You will only be able to register when you receive an email notification from the University, for new students this year that will be no earlier than 19 August 2019.
In this email you will be provided with your GUID (Glasgow University Identification number), password and a link to MyCampus.
To become a fully registered student of the University you must register online.
You must complete both 'academic' and 'financial' registration.
Further information is available on the Registry information pages.
Visa Registration (for International Students)
If you are an international student you will need to register your visa with the University before you can be fully registered.
Information regarding compulsory, recommended and other courses is available via MyRequirements.
You must enrol on Biology 1A and 1B.
If you have a Chemistry Higher (Grade B) you must enrol on Chemistry 1.
If you have not reached this level in Chemistry you must enrol on Science Fundamentals 1X and 1Y.
Your remaining 40 credits can be chosen, to fit your timetable, from an extensive list covering other science areas, geography, arts or language. These are all available through MyRequirements. If you do not complete your enrolment through 'Plan by my Requirements' you may not meet the rules of your Programme and Plan and will not automatically progress to the next year of your studies. Your Adviser of Studies will check you have a sensible curriculum. You must meet your Adviser of Studies during the first two weeks of teaching.
You normally take courses making up 120 credits in total with most students taking 120 credits of Level-2 courses. Note that for entry to Level-3 of any biology programme, you must have at least 60 credits in Level-2 Science courses, but there is no requirement to take Level-2 courses in other subjects, e.g. chemistry courses.
Please enrol for course meetings at the times shown below.
Whenever possible we allow students a free choice of times for lectures and labs but in order to allow as many students onto the Year 2 Life Sciences courses as possible, we may have to move some students to a different time slot.
This will be on a last-in first-moved basis. If you wish Wednesday afternoon free for sports, you should sign up as soon as possible to avoid teaching sessions scheduled for this time.
Students in the School of Life Sciences
1. If you are taking BIOL 2039 Fundamental Topics in Biology plus Chemistry/Geography/Psychology/or you are a Vet Biosci student
You must sign up for the morning lecture at 9am and an afternoon lab (2-5pm) Vet Bio students enrol on lab 8.
2. If you are taking BIOL 2039 Fundamental Topics in Biology plus BIOL 2040 Key Skills in Biology 2
If possible, you should sign up for morning labs (10am – 1pm) and afternoon lectures (3pm and 4pm) on both courses.
All courses have morning lectures and afternoon labs
BIOL 2041 Animal Biology, Evolution and Ecology 2
Only 1 lecture slot (9am) and all labs are in the afternoon
BIOL 2042 Genes, Molecules & Cells 2
Lectures at 9am or 1pm, all labs in the afternoon
BIOL 2043 Human Biological Sciences 2
Lectures at 9am ( all students enrolled for Chemistry or Psychology) or 11am (students taking 2 Life Sci courses should try to enrol on the 11am lecture if there is space).
Biomed Engineering students take 11am lectures and lab group 10, you will be enrolled by your School.
BIOL 2044 Microbiology & Immunology 2
Only 1 lecture slot (1pm), all labs in the afternoon
You must choose a combination of Level-2 courses that will qualify you for entry to programmes in at least two degree groups or to one degree group in the School of Life Sciences and to a programme offered by another College. Please read the information provided to Level-1 students about choosing their Level-2 courses: Information about Level-2 Biology Courses
Making Changes to your Enrolments
Once you have completed your enrolments there may be reasons why you need to make a change.
Timescales for making changes and information on how to make your changes is available on the Registry website.
Academic Induction is a crucial initial step to welcoming and introducing you to University life so that you can get your studies off to a good start.
We clearly cannot tell you everything about how to be a successful student, but in these sessions, we aim to equip you for the first few weeks and to let you know how and where to get questions answered.
Tuesday 17 September 2019
Staff will be available to welcome you to the school, there will be a session with key staff as well as information about the Advisory Service, Timetables, Study Abroad and much more.
It is important you attend this event as we find that this is the best way to prepare for your new academic life and transition to University.
Your induction will be continued throughout Biology 1.
Direct Entrants to Level-2
Wednesday 18 September 2019
You will receive an invitation and programme via your student email account to a special induction day for students entering direct to Level-2. There will be an opportunity to meet the Head of Learning & Teaching and the Chief Adviser as well as the Course Coordinators for Fundamental Topics in Biology and Key Skills in Biology.
You may also attend the Academic Induction event on 17 September.
The programme will be available nearer the time: Academic Induction webpage.
Collect your Campus Card (Student ID)
New students in the School of Life Sciences can collect their Campus Card on Tuesday 17 September 2019.
In order to collect your Campus Card, you must:
- Be fully registered
- Have uploaded a passport-style photograph to MyCampus
- Have registered your visa (new international students only)
The Campus Card grants you access to University facilities such as the library and sports facilities, and will entitle you to student discounts in a wide variety of shops, bars, cinemas and online.
You are expected to attend all your scheduled classes.
Your timetable will be automatically created in MyCampus when you enrol on classes. If you change any of your enrolments or the times/dates of your classes change, your timetable will be updated. Your timetable will show the class, the type of class and the location of the class. Find your timetable in the Enrol tab or directly from your Student Centre.
When you select courses in MyCampus you will then select lectures and laboratories. Try to select all your lectures in the morning and labs in the afternoon – or vice versa.
You will have specific commitments for approximately 20 hours every week. You should aim to spend a further 15 to 20 hours or so in private study – six hours per subject. Coursework can account for as much as 50% of the final assessment in some subjects. Treat your studies as you would paid employment and aim to 'work' a 35-40 hour week.
Please note that some lectures take place at 5pm. We regard the normal study as 9am to 6pm. If you have special requirements which prevent your attendance after 5pm, you should ensure you choose class times which give you the flexibility you require.
Each subject normally has between 3 and 5 one-hour lectures per week.
Lectures start at 5 minutes after the hour and stop at 5 minutes to the hour. If you have consecutive lectures, this allows you 10 minutes to get to your next lecture which may be in a different building.
You can expect to attend one 3-hour practical class every week for most subjects.
As an alternative (or in addition) to laboratories, some subjects require attendance at workshops, normally one hour.
Some subjects have a one 1-hour tutorial per week. Tutorials provide an opportunity for you to meet in smaller groups (up to ten or twelve) with a member of staff.
You must attend the lecture or laboratory group on your MyCampus timetable. Most laboratory classes run more than once, but are often within restricted time slots.
Further information regarding planning your Year-2 curriculum is available in our booklet: Information about Level-2 Biology Courses
View your timetable
Your timetable will be automatically created in MyCampus as you enrol on classes.
It is updated if either you change any of your courses or the times/dates/locations of your classes change at any time. You can find your timetable in the Enrol tab or directly from your Student Centre.
Your timetable will show the class, the time of class and the location of the class. It may also show the name of the lecturer teaching the class and other information such as the topic.
After you have enrolled, you should view your timetable using our Timetable and Roomfinder App.
Access the Timetable and Roomfinder App:
- Log in at: www.glasgow.ac.uk/timetables using your GUID and password and click the Timetable button
- Use the Locations option to find your way around campus and for accessibility information
- Click on an event and the room in your timetable to get directions to your class
- Use the "Subscribe" button to import your timetable into Outlook etc.
- Go to Settings to receive SMS alerts about timetable changes
Students holding a Tier 4 Visa
New students will be asked to attend central check-in during September and then again in January as well as undertaking further school checks relating to course attendance.
It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with these dates.
Further information on Registry check-ins is available here.
School information will be available on the Moodle site once you have completed registation and enrolment. The School Tier 4 Team will contact you at the start of each semester to remind you of your responsibilities and direct you to the information regarding your checks.
Titles included in the reading list are intended for reading during the year of study and are not intended as prior reading for the course.
Biology 1A and 1B
Biology: A Global Approach with MasteringBiology, Global Edition (11th Edition)
ISBN 10: 1-292-17043-3
Information will be available, to purchase discounted packages, at the first meeting.
There is no single recommended textbook for the Environmental Biology course. Staff will refer you to relevant sources of information during lectures, on the course website and through the library reading list.
In the School we appoint an adviser of studies for every undergraduate student. Wherever possible a close match is made between the adviser and your area of study.
We hope that you will find this close contact with a member of the teaching staff helpful, that you will use the advisory service constructively and benefit from the service.
It is important to build a relationship with your adviser of studies as he/she will be your first point of contact for references for part-time employment/ letters for landlords and your final employment reference when you graduate.
Your adviser will discuss your courses making sure they are sensible and meet the requirements of your plan and degree regulations.
They are also available to discuss more personal matters and can be consulted about any issue regarding your transition to life at University. You should feel free to consult as questions or problems arise - delay can often allow a simple concern to become more complex. So don’t hesitate before asking for help.
- August / September: Your introductory meeting must take place before 4 October 2019.
- Mid January: An opportunity to discuss progress to date in the light of December exam results.
- Late April: At this meeting you will discuss your possible curriculum for the next session.
Details of your adviser of studies will be available through your MyCampus record. When emailing your adviser of studies for an appointment, please suggest a few dates and times you are available as their diaries are normally busy. You must always notify your adviser if you need to cancel or rearrange your appoint.
Dr Maureen Griffiths
Chief Adviser of Studies
School of Life Sciences
Tel: 0141 330 3994
Whilst you are expected to enter University with a clear focus on your Intending Honours Programme we understand that this is not always the case and it is possible for you to change your mind. Please read the University's Transfer Policy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1 How many courses must I take?
If you are a full time, first year, student you must have a curriculum of 120 credits, consisting of two compulsory courses (80 credits) and then a further 40 optional credits. You must enrol on your full 120 credits at the start of session.
Q2 Who is my adviser of studies?
Details of your adviser of studies will be available in your MyCampus record. You must meet your adviser of studies for the first time before 4 October 2019.
Q3 Is attendance compulsory?
Attendance is not compulsory at lectures but statistics show that there is a definite correlation to attendance and grades that students achieve.
Q4 Can I work part-time whilst I am a student?
There is a recommended maximum of 12 hours per week during the academic year. If you and you are struggling financially with these hours you should contact Registry regarding their Emergency Funds & Other Aid.
Q5 When do I get my timetable?
You will not receive a hard copy of your timetable, it will be available online in your MyCampus record once you have enrolled on your course.
Q6 My lecture finishes at 2pm in one building and my next begins at 2pm in another building - how can I get there on time?
Don't worry your class will finish at 5 to the hour and you have until 5 past the hour to reach your next class.
Q7 I've chosen the wrong course(s) what can I do?
Don't withdraw without discussing your options with your adviser. You may be judging matters too early without being fully aware of how your courses develop. Or you may indeed have identified an alternative, more attractive degree. In some cases, it is easier to transfer after even partial completion of your existing curriculum than to give up entirely and achieve nothing from your first year of undergraduate study. If you are experiencing difficulty with study habits, you may find it helpful to consult one of our advisers in the Learning Enhancement & Academic Development Service.
Q8 Will it be easy to change my degree if I change mind?
Yes, because it's not until the end of second year that you are required to finalist your choice of subject for your 3rd and 4th year Honours programme. You will be offered to change within Life Sciences at the end of Level-1 and again at the end of Level-2 however entry to your Honours programme is competitive and will be based on your grades and overall GPA.
Q9 What do I do if I am ill or can't make a class?
Please read the Absence Policy.
Help and Support
Life Sciences Help Sessions
The School will arrange enrolment help sessions for new students where you can meet a member of staff who will help you complete the process.
You must have completed registration and should have attempted to complete self-enrolment.
General tips and Advice
- Students are expected to self-enrol onto courses through MyCampus.
- Remember to “view all” and remember you may need to take a 9am or 5pm lecture (or perhaps both).
- You can email your Adviser of Studies (contact details are on your MyCampus record) to discuss your choices.
- If you are a full time student you should enrol on 120 credits.
- You must enrol on your Semester 1 and Semester 2 courses.
- Information regarding compulsory and other courses will be available via MyCampus>MyRequirements.
- Where possible enrol for the same lab slots in both Semester 1 and Semester 2.
- Enrol for lectures in the morning and labs in the afternoon or vice versa.
Visit the guide for new students and stay organised.